Fire Warden Keeps Watch On Passaic, Bergen Counties

RINGWOOD, NJ (CBSNewYork) – The forest fire risk is high in New Jersey and WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell paid a visit to the state’s forest fire service up in Ringwood.

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It’s 65 steps up here to the top of the Ramapo fire tower, at which point you’re at an elevation of 1,000 feet, and when you get up there, the view is spectacular.

Ramapo Fire Tower - Ringwood, NJ - Mar 12, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Ramapo Fire Tower - Ringwood, NJ - Mar 12, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

“The pointiest building out in the distance there, that’s the Empire State. So that’s about 25 to 30 miles from here,” said district warden John Carbone. “That’s straight into Manhattan.”

Carbone says this is a particularly vulnerable time of the year and we’ve had a very dry winter.

So what he does is go up there to the top of the tower, and look for smoke.

“Generally fire will just keep building, and once it gets to a point, it just starts building exponentially,” he said.

Carbone says it might be low tech, but it works.

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  • Ed Seifert, NJFFS Section A2

    John Carbone is a Section Firewarden for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service which staffs many of the 21 firetowers around the state. The northern Division office is located at 240 Main Street, Andover, NJ. The section which covers Bergen and Passaic Counties has 5 wildland engines ready to respond to wildfires in that area. They are specially equipped to deal with fires in the forested areas of northern New Jersey, however they can respond to any area in the State of NJ if the need arises.

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